Week 30 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading was 2 Corinthians 11-13, and Galatians 1-2. These chapters finish one of Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth, and begin his letter to the church at Galatia.
In Galatians 1:6-7, Paul expresses astonishment at the church of Galatia so quickly deserting he who called them to live in the grace of Christ, and turning to a different gospel, which was really no gospel at all.
We have been called to live in the grace of Christ, but how often do we turn from His grace, and try to become right with God through the law – by obedience to His commandments – instead of accepting righteousness as a free gift, as God intended it? No matter how hard we try, we can never be good enough to gain right standing before God through our actions. God knows that we can’t do it on our own, which is why He wants us to live under the new covenant of His grace.
In Galatians 2:21, Paul says that he will not set aside God’s grace, for if we could gain righteousness by the law, then Christ died for nothing. In other words, if we can be good enough on our own to earn right standing before God, then there was no reason for Christ to die for us. Don’t set aside the grace of God! You were saved by grace (Ephesians 2:5). Continue to live in it!
Week 29 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was 2 Corinthians 6-10. These chapters continue another of Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth.
2 Corinthians 9:8 says that God is able to abundantly bless us, so that, having all we need at all times, we’ll abound in every good work.
2 Corinthians 9:11 echoes this, stating that we will be in every way enriched, so that we can be generous on all occasions.
God wants to bless us abundantly, so that we, in turn, can bless others, out of the abundance that He has given us. He wants us to walk in His provision, so that we can be generous towards those around us. In and of ourselves, we can never be deserving of His blessings, but because of what Christ has done for us, we have been made right with God, and therefore qualify to receive all of His blessings!
We can’t give out what we don’t have, and our Heavenly Father wants us to know that He is both willing and able to prosper us, enabling us to bless those around us. Will you receive His provision?
Week 28 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearing its end. This week’s reading was 2 Corinthians 1-5. These chapters begin another of Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 contains some amazing truths! These verses tell us that:
We are in Christ (v. 17). As believers, our identity is found in Him!
If we are in Christ, we are a new creation – the old has past, and the new has come (v. 17)! We are not who we once were. We have been made new.
We have been reconciled to God through Christ (v. 18-19). Because of what Jesus has done for us, there’s no longer anything standing between us and God. If we have accepted God’s gift of salvation, we have become His children, and He is our Heavenly Father!
We have been entrusted with the ministry of reconciliation (v. 18-19). This is the message that we are to share – not that God is ready and waiting to rain down judgement for every mistake we make, but that because of Christ’s finished work, He no longer holds our sins against, and we can be reconciled to Him.
God made Christ, who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that in Him, we might become the righteousness of God (v. 21). At the cross, He took our place of sin, that we might take His place of right standing before God!
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 is full of wonderful truths for us, as believers! May God use these verses to reveal to you who you in Christ more clearly than ever before!